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Antrax (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara #2)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks'sThe Measure of the Magic.

A new novel by Terry Brooks is always a cause for celebration. For more than twenty years, the New York Times bestselling author of the classic Shannara epic has proven himself one of the modern masters of fantasy, winning the hearts and minds of devoted readers around the world. In his las
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Published September 18th 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 2001)
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Across fathomless seas, beyond the far horizon, the voyagers aboard the Jerle Shannara face the deadliest - and darkest - challenge of their lives.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy takes a new direction with its second book. Whereas Ilse Witch was an epic tale of adventure, Antrax is a story of a band of lost voyagers trapped on a mysterious peninsula where countless horrors await. This is where the new world of Shannara faces what is left of the old. Magic meets science while the crew of

My initial review was deleted by mistake/my error and I don't have the patience to write it down again (especially for a book I am not that invested into and struggled through).

This was better than the first in the series but not great overall. Too many characters whom none of which I cared for.

I will finish the series but won't read anymore into the Shannara world. The saving grace of the last novel is it's the shortest of the three.
I only discovered Brooks a few years ago, starting with the original Shannara series published in a single volume. At the time I remarked on how easy it was to see the progress he made as a writer from the first to the last of that series. The leap he made from those books to the Voyage of Shannara series is equally great. In these books the plot is more complex, the characters while still somewhat typecast are more interesting and the writing is smoother. My only gripe is with the names he give ...more
I very rarely rate books as 5 stars on here, but Antrax was quite a treat. I was not expecting this book to take quite as many turns as it did, and the blend of Old World and New World fantasy of Shannara was exceptional. Sure, there were parts of the book that were predictable, but this was one storyline that had me hoping for different outcomes at almost every turn, never receiving them, but being content nonetheless. I'm sure a lot of fans were upset about how things ended up with this book, ...more
JC Andrew
This second book in the Jerle Shannara trilogy is a darker tale than the first. It has the ambiance of a Science Fiction and Fantasy mix by introducing machines and computers like the first book but more so in this second novel. There were certainly surprising twists that leaves the reader dumbfounded but eager to read on.

The team travels to the island that holds this mysterious magic while being pursued by the Ilse Witch in her goal to seek revenge on Walker Boh and to take possession of this
This book is more fast-paced than the first in the series, Ilse Witch. We get to know more of the characters, Tamis and Quentin, Ahren, Ryer, and of course Bek, Truls, Grianne, and Walker. The biggest new character is terrifying and all too relate-able in our world.
My only trouble with this book is I don't see how all the characters are going to remain mentally intact after going through so many horrors. Sometimes it seems that Brooks throws too much at his characters and has you wondering if t
i am pleased to say that for a sequel, this book does not start with a tonne of information retelling the story of the last book.
upon opening, it just gets straight into the next part of the story. by about chapter three or four, the briefest description of the previous books' most important follow on information has been given, and once again, one is lost and wrapped up in the wonders and pains of the voyage to uncover the mysterious magics that the remains of the party from book one have come
Drew Warner
Antrax was much better than Isle Witch. While it still has the problems of a middle book, it leaves the reader with a sense that something was accomplished--oddly enough the very thing I felt was lacking in Isle Witch.

For Brooks fans who have struggled through Isle Witch Antrax is a breath of fresh air in this trilogy. The action is much better, though still not on par with his other, earlier novels, but the phrasing and vocabulary still seem out of place for his usual writing style.

The charact
Rick Piatt
This was such an unexpected gem. The first book started out formulaic but by the end Brooks had pulled it all together to make it a 4 star read. Typically 2nd books in trilogies are just setup books and as a result are the worst of the set. Well that does not apply to Antrax. This book started out ok and in no time at all it kicked into a higher gear than I've seen since Elfstones of Shannara. There was so much character development I had doubts this was a Shannara book at all. Brooks' books are ...more
This is the middle book of a trilogy and I haven't read either the first or the third yet. This book did stand on its own but I felt that I was missing the whole picture so I have reserved 1 and 3 from my library. Terry Brooks is a great writer but like all series some of the books are better than the others. This one I feel is not one of those. It was interesting enough that I do want to read the others to see the whole picture.
I loved this book. It took me since last Thanksgiving to finish it though, since I would start and stop it as I picked up and finished other books. It was a little long winded, but in a good way, as Terry Brooks always is (more so in the middle of this book).
I described it to a friend up in Virginia as "the druid is captured, the elf missing, the shapeshifter and boy are running for their lives, I AM reading a D&D book! At least it sounds like it." But I do love Terry's books. Pro
Brian Schiebout
Antrax by Terry Brooks is the second book of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series set in the Shannara universe. The heroes have reached Castledown only to be ambushed and scattered. Bok finds himself captured by his twisted sister the Ilse Witch who wants t believe that he is merely a dupe in the druid Walkers goals. At the same time the elven prince Ahren has fled the ambush and soon finds himself trying to discover his courage again while exploring the underground tunnels of Castledown with ...more
So where were we? Ah, yes, a giant, weather-controlling, all-powerful, almost-as-smart-as-Mike-Thayer, computer vs. the forces of both good and evil. The book starts off with our heroes in distress and scattered to the four winds. The book then proceeds to proceed for several hundred pages, and ends rather dramatically by leaving our heroes distressed and scattered to the four winds.

The End.

So what do I do? On to book #3!
In this sequel to Ilse Witch, Brooks doesn't disapoint. Stranded on the island, the survivors of the first book attempt to stay survivors. But is that possible, when the land contains vicious monsters, and twisted robots constructed of the body parts of humans?
John Arnold
I started off thinking technology in the fantasy world would be blah, until I realized the tie in. It is amazing that a person wrote a book decades ago and tied it in so well in this series and Armageddons Children! Abosolutely worth the read
Niiiiice concept. A very powerful druid, entering a lair of a modern age computer complex, Guarded by droids and indestructible cyborg killers. All overseen by a computer...

great thrill
This is Brooks at his best. What more can you ask for in an epic fantasy novel? I am excited to read the conclusion of the series.
This book just shows the depth of imagination that Terry Brooks has...absolutely blew my mind!
Johanna Panko
Reminded me of steampunk, which made the book better than the first by far. So Walker is still on his journey and this time many more of his crew is killed battling the witch, and the Antrax. There's a lot of deception going around and the adage of machines in this book has caught my interest. Antrax builds machines from body parts of the deads....hehehe.Isle witch learns her brothers existence and still seeks to remove him from her presence so she can find the answers. Hell.... Answers are star ...more
exciting and adventurous read as usual, not my favorite Brooks book though.
Jon Borah

As the crew aboard the airship Jerle Shannara is attacked by evil forces, the Druid’s protégé Bek Rowe and his companions are pursued by the mysterious Ilse Witch. Meanwhile, Boh is alone, caught in a dark maze beneath the ruined city of Castledown, stalked by a hungry, unseen enemy. For there is something alive in Castledown. Something not human. Something old beyond reckoning that covets the magic of Druids, elves, even the Ilse Witch. Something that hunts men for its own designs: Antr

Heb je een hekel aan open eindes? Lees dan vooral dit boek niet. Houd je van een goed boek? Lees dan dit boek vooral wel.
De vijand blijkt een hele andere te zijn dan we dachten in het eerste boek. En het is afkomstig uit de Oude Wereld van voor de Grote Oorlogen. De manier waarop het jaagt op prooi om zijn voortbestaan te garanderen is gruwelijk en de reden waarom het dat doet is wrang.
Het tempo zit er goed in en we hoeven niet te wachten op onthullingen, deze komen op regelmatige goedgekozen
L.Y. Levand
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In the second book of the trilogy, things are going from bad to worse. Walker is trapped in the maze-like fortress of Castledown, trying to find the treasure and unaware of how much trouble he is in. Quentin and his elven hunters are being tracked by a creature that is half machine and half friend. Ahren is struggling with his fear and cowardice, but agrees to help the Seer find Walker. And Bek tries to confront his sister, only to be captured and left voicless.

Another great adventure that leads
Book #2 in a 3 book series, this starts up right where it left off. It doesn't spend a lot of time rehashing what happened previously, which I liked. However, like the first, this also ends with you needing to read the next book.

It's an interesting read and you can really get a Star Wars feel from this one, technology and man intertwined in a way that makes you step back and think about where our current civilization is headed.

Honestly, if you take the first 3 Star Wars movies and read in a min
Phil Jones
Middle books in a trilogy often leave you feeling unsatisfied as they just set up the final book. However this is no such book and stands as a good read in its own right.

Once again the story moves briskly although it is now split into telling the stories of a split party which means it jumps from one set of characters to another.

That said it was a cracking good read and I can't wait to read book 3.
Jennifer Locke
The Second Book of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara picks up with the company reaching the Ice Hinge and dealing with the technology that hides there. While we lose Walker, we get to see the true nature of both the Ilse Witch and Bek. Terry Brooks gives us good characters that are able to carry the plot on for us and become the people they are meant to be. This middle book, takes place entirely in Castledown but yet we are still moved through a single story arc, the attempt to gain control of th ...more
This is by far the best book of the Shannara series (so far). This being number two of a three part Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series it starts you right back in the action and it doesn't seem to stop. I read this book in a few days, I just couldn't put it down. The mixture of fantasy with a science fiction twist is great and with Brooks telling the story it makes it even better. I've never read a story so creative and unique. Once again Terry Brooks shows he is a master of fantasy and has an ...more
Alexandre Leme
No final das contas me surpreendi, o primeiro livro da trilogia tive que ler duas vezes, a primeira a uns 2 anos atrás me arrastei para terminar.
Como um bom fã de Tolkien ver um elfo descrito com emoções, erros e devaneios de um humano foi difícil de engolir no início.
Consegui embalar depois que deixei meus conceitos de lado e dei a oportunidade de literalmente embarcar nesse aventura. Esse segundo livro e ainda mais surpreendente, briguei novamente com meus conceitos quando o autor misturou tec
Secondo libro della saga del viaggio della Jerle Shannara, dedicato alla scoperta della penisola di Parkasia e delle rovine di Castledown, difese dall'impalpabile cervello elettronico di Anthrax. Come nel libro precedente, Brooks non rispetta completamente le attese generate dai preparativi raccontati nel primo libro, ma nonostante tutto, i suoi classici ingredienti generano un libro abbastanza godibile, sebbene privo di spunti clamorosi. Il finale è del tutto inatteso (non faccio spoiler per no ...more
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Terry Brooks was born in Illinois in 1944, where he spent a great deal of his childhood and early adulthood dreaming up stories in and around Sinnissippi Park, the very same park that would eventually become the setting for his bestselling Word & Void trilogy. He went to college and received his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, where he majored in English Literature, and he received ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Voyage of the Jerle Shannara (3 books)
  • Ilse Witch (Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, #1)
  • Morgawr (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, #3)
The Elfstones Of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2) The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #1) The Talismans Of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #4) The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy #3) Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold (Magic Kingdom of Landover, #1)

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